'Pak used US aid to strengthen army, weaponry'

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Washington, Jun 6: According to data released by the Pentagon, Pakistan has used a huge amount of military aid from the US meant to fight terrorism to build up its army with modern weapons and equipment for a conventional warfare against India.

The data reportedly claims that Bush administration which provided 1.9 billion dollars in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Pak was aware of these developments. Apart from this it also signed agreements with Pakistan for military sales worth nearly 5 billion dollars during the period.

It also said that the post-9/11 American defence supply to Pakistan under FMF had nothing to do with its fight against terrorism. In this time, Pakistan bought eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and their refurbishment worth USD 474 million. It also placed orders for 5,250 TOW anti-armour missiles worth USD 186 million. 2,007 of these have already been delivered and the rest are in the process of being supplied.

Apart from this Pak brought 5,600 military radio sets, 6 AN/TPS-77 surveillance radars, 6 C-130E transport aircraft, 20 AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters which were then refurbished, 109 self-propelled howitzers, 18 new F-16 combat aircrafts, 60 mid-life update kits for F-16 A/B combat aircrafts, 500 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, 1,450 2,000-pound bombs; 500 JDAM tail Kits and 1,600 Enhanced Paveway laser-guided kits, both for gravity bombs.

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